Yes, you guessed it – another botanical garden. What this doesn’t tell you is that this one is a walk down a hillside to the ocean.  The builder spent years cutting into the hillside to create the paths and discovered the waterfalls in the process.  The land was filled with debris and overgrown.  The last time Carol was here, it was not paved paths which has been a great improvement.  The garden’s  collection of tropical plants is international in scope. Over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, are found in this one-of-a-kind garden.

Now with that said, I am not going to name all the plants/flowers.  But do scroll to the end – to see the two images of the Hawaiian State bird – Nene.

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Be careful where you put your hands or your feet.  These little guys are everywhere.

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Who says its bigger in Texas?

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this is the flower that will make it rain if you pick it.

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no really Texas? HA. Hawai’i has the award for tall palm trees.

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Cat’s Whiskers

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Yes they have these too –  it is Hawai’i after all.

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and waterfall or two.

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and more orchids

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well now, its Carol posing with an Ki’i.

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Oh and I am not posting but maybe a tenth of the orchid types. This well was surrounded by all kinds of orchids.

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this was way, way up in that tree.

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Nice pattern in that tree top.

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And we finally made it to the ocean at the bottom

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And look a little crab.

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Now its time to head back up.  Oh my knees.

And its time – Bear and Bearbette have been waiting patiently for their photo ops.

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and they had some birds in the cage, but Bearbette was afraid they would try to steal her hair ribbon.

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How big are those leaves?

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Ahh – but no picking flowers now Bear…..

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and finally we drove down into Hilo to a park where some Nene were found.

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